Articles tagged “soft brands”

Hotels

Accor’s New Brand Says a Lot About the Future of Luxury Hotels

Yes, it’s easy to scoff at Accor launching yet another brand. But inking deals with independent luxury hotel owners requires a collection the Paris-based hotel company didn’t readily have in its line-up of more than 40 brands.

Accor’s New Brand Says a Lot About the Future of Luxury Hotels

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IHG’s Latest Hotel Brand Puts It Neck-and-Neck With Marriott for Luxury

All the major hotel companies see upside in pushing into the high-end sector. IHG zeroing in on independent luxury hotels is a smart strategy to rack up rooms growth against the competition beyond the tough-to-crack luxury markets in the U.S. and China.

IHG’s Latest Hotel Brand Puts It Neck-and-Neck With Marriott for Luxury

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Kayak Moves Into Hotels by Opening Miami Beach Property in Partnership With Life House

Skift has long speculated that online travel agencies might launch soft brands, and now Kayak is attempting to do so during a dire moment for the hotel industry. Whether independent hotels would see any value in using a software package through the Kayak app is a wide open question.

Kayak Moves Into Hotels by Opening Miami Beach Property in Partnership With Life House

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5 Reasons Why Hilton Continues to Grow Its Global Footprint, Despite Covid-19 Challenges

As the hospitality industry pushes ahead on the road to recovery, Hilton remains optimistic about the future, supported by a resilient business model and a strong commercial engine. Continued conversion signings, new development, and extended stay brands are contributing to the expansion of its one million room portfolio.

5 Reasons Why Hilton Continues to Grow Its Global Footprint, Despite Covid-19 Challenges

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IHG Throttles Ahead With Upscale Voco Brand Expansion in the U.S.

Voco is yet another branded opportunity for independent hoteliers looking for increased distribution, but IHG has to find ways to make the brand stand out in the crowded upscale, lifestyle hotel space.

IHG Throttles Ahead With Upscale Voco Brand Expansion in the U.S.

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Best Western’s New Corporate Brand BWH Hotel Group Signals Big Changes

BWH Hotel Group? That's Best Western's new corporate identity, the first change in decades and one that is designed to build its new image as a chain that can offer everything from mid-market to luxury.

Best Western’s New Corporate Brand BWH Hotel Group Signals Big Changes

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Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

Is this the beginning of a new cycle of global hotel chains buying independent hotel groups? As competition intensifies for soft brands, more of such consolidations should not surprise anyone.

Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

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Video: Why AccorHotels CEO Wants Even More Brands

"Anybody telling me you should be limiting the number of brands, I think it's bullshit," said AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin at Skift Forum Europe. We wouldn't be surprised to see him expand the hotel giant's portfolio of brands to at least 40, up from today's 32.

Video: Why AccorHotels CEO Wants Even More Brands

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New Skift Research Analyst Session: Hotel Owner Operating and Branding Strategies

In our view, hotel owners stand to gain, as online travel agencies, brands, and disruptors like Airbnb all battle it out. Subscribe to Skift Research to learn more.

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Hotel Owner Operating and Branding Strategies

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Small Luxury Hotels CEO: Soft Brands Aren’t Hurting Our Business

There's nothing better than a travel CEO, like Filip Boyen of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, who isn't afraid to speak his mind.

Small Luxury Hotels CEO: Soft Brands Aren’t Hurting Our Business